Friday, 29 June 2012

Summer Social 23rd June 2012

The Social was so enjoyable that I completely forgot to take photos! My apologies for that. We were sorry that a few of our regulars were prevented from attending due to various reason but the heart of the writing Circle membership came with some family members and had great fun taking part in a hilarious word quiz supplied by Anne and Barre Funnell. The buffet was about right this time with varied contributions added to the basic salad, bread dips etc. provided by the Circle and the raffle generated £31 for our Circle funds. Adrian thanked everyone for making it an entertaining and happy event.

It only remains for me to remind you all that the AGM is on Tuesday 3rd July 2012 when we hope a good turnout will ensure the future of the Circle with as many members as possible coming forward to help on the committee. We have found in the past that many hands do indeed make light work and even the smallest involvement helps.

Thursday, 21 June 2012

23rd June 2012 Summer Social

This year's Summer Social will be held at;

St. Anne’s Church, 115 Coleman Road, Norwich NR4 7HF
Remember to bring one plateful of a food contribution, and a raffle prize.
Family or friends welcome.

19th June 2012 Competition Five

Adjudication of Competition Five
A Charles Dickens Story. by Peter Mieville

Our literary skills were put to the test with a story based on Dickens style and social conscience. We were given many options: the start or portion of a novel, a short story, modern time or period issues, the guidelines asked for anything that might be inspired by Dickens writing.

Peter Mieville (an expert on Dickens) assessed each entry giving a comprehensive critique on the strengths and weaknesses of each piece with both helpful suggestions and praise where due. He said that all the entries were worthy of a place but he had to choose the winners using a basic criteria as all entries deserved commendation.

1st "Heaven’s Gateway" by Doreen Rosser.
Catholic convent schooling after the war.

2nd "A Tale of Two Faiths" by Victoria Bartlett
Dilemma of a Nazi war criminal who had tried to save some Jews

3rd "Abby Kendle" by Sally Newton
The honesty of a modern day young, homeless individual

Highly commended
"At Rest at the Swan Anchor" by James Beresford
"The Death Hunter" by Andrew Heron

A vote of thanks was given by John Halligan.

Peter writes under the name of 'Dominic Mieville'
Some of his titles include;

1. The Mysterious Burnchester Hall
2. The Burnchester Dome and the Sacred Cell
3. Tyro’s Journey

These are the first three titles in a quintet. You can find these if you google ‘Dominic Mieville’ and you can look for his books on amazon. There are more non-fiction titles under the name 'Peter Vaux'.

29th May 2012 Manuscript Evening

Because of the Diamond Jubilee Celebrations and last minute change to our programme there were fewer readers at the Manuscript Evening. We therefore returned to our previous style and read aloud to everyone. Eight members read varied pieces from poems, short stories and an article to the beginning of a novel, altogether an entertaining evening with helpful suggestions and praise given in equal measure.

Friday, 1 June 2012

Manuscript Evening 29th May 2012

Due to Jubilee celebrations our manuscript evening was brought forward to the 29th May. Nine people read their work, a variety of short stories and poems which were discussed and enjoyed by the other members.

  •  Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday 19th June, the adjudication (by Peter Mieville) of competition 5 Charles Dickens story.  

  • The Summer Social will be held on Saturday 23rd June from 4 till 8 at
St. Annes Church
115 Coleman Road
  • Tuesday 3rd July at 7:30 Annual General Meeting at The Assembly House.
Please join us to ensure fresh ideas for celebrating the coming 70th year of the Norwich Writer's Circle.

Books by some of our speakers

Speaker: Anne Potter
Judge of our Competition 4

New book

And the Knight gets the King” by Anne deNize

Brann is a novice healer-priest who can’t heal anything. Try as he might, he cannot make the necessary connection with the god. With an ex-thief and an opinionated donkey he goes on the king’s quest – a decision which hrusts him into adventures to change his life forever.
available on line £1.99 from

Joseph Freeman
(Judge of Competition 1)
author of

Those Left Behind
(A Horror story)

As he fled he caught glimpses from the corner of his eye, and his only reaction was to run faster, so fast that his straining heart was at bursting point. Glimpses of something starved beyond the point of living, as white as bone running along beside him on all fours like an animal, yet more twisted and unnatural than he had ever seen before.